Paul LaRosa thinks it is:
HuffPost NY: Laugh if you like, but I’ve been thinking more and more that Brooklyn, circa 2011, is very similar to what Paris was like nearly a century ago. Of course, I’m talking about the brownstone belt neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Fort Greene, but you can throw DUMBO, Williamsburg and Red Hook in there as well.
Well, I doubt that the Saint-Germain-des-Prés of the time, or even now, was or is dominated by cellphone stores, nail salons, opticians, and real estate offices. Still, I think the argument is worth discussion. Thanks to reader Monty for the tip.